Photography, or at least posting your favorite shots, is essentially an online business. For many photographers, this leads to the often uncomfortable feeling of being confronted with the whole world. We are all guilty of this element of competition and that is not necessarily a bad thing. This allows us to push our limits and improve our profession. But if you feel like you need a little push to improve your art, the following 3 essential landscape photography tips might do the trick.
Ditch the zoom lens
Zooms often make photographers complacent or lazy. The result is that they end up taking snapshots rather than photographs. If you are guilty of the charges, replace your zoom lens with a higher quality glass. There’s nothing to manipulate with a prime lens, so it will help you focus fully on your composition. Fixed focal length lenses keep you upright and force you to think about your shot and how best to capture the scene in front of you.
Another reason to screw in your preferred primary lens is that it usually delivers better quality images. They are often sharper and faster and do not suffer as much from chromatic distortion or aberration. And if you go for a shallow depth of field in your next composition, a prime lens will give you nicer bokeh than a zoom lens.
Don’t stay home for “bad weather”
On a sunny day, everyone went out for photos. You will hardly stand out with your photos if you follow the crowd. The internet is awash with compositions of blue skies. And for no good reason. Not only will you stand out with your photographs taken under gloomy skies, but “bad weather” often makes the photographs look better and more atmospheric.
On an overcast day you can film all day. You don’t have to worry about harsh shadows and harsh lighting conditions in the middle of the day. And if you have any detail in the clouds, haze, or even rain, then this might be a perfect day to grab your camera and shoot some scenery. If you want to take photos that few photographers have in their portfolios, you will have to be away while others prefer to stay indoors.
Take your time
Great photography is all about taking your sweet time. Quickly taking a photo on your way as you pass a point of interest is called a snapshot, not a photograph. If you are serious about your photography, you will take the time to study your subject. Take a walk and think of a way to put your subject, which has probably been photographed countless times before, in a new light. Wait for the right person to enter your shot, wait for a cloud to move past the sun, come back another day when conditions are better, or check the location at sunrise or sunset.
When we see a fantastic photograph, like some of those awesome stock photos of landscape photographs, we often don’t stop to realize how many times the photographer has returned to the same place to familiarize himself with the scene, waited for the conditions are perfect, and shot the same subject over and over again before arriving at the perfect shot. The great photograph belongs to those who are ready to pay their due. Good luck!